THE Australian Bureau of Statistics says Australia’s population counter ticked over to 23 million at 9.57pm on Tuesday, April 23.
Statistically, our newest citizen was a boy named Jack born to a 31-year-old mother and 33-year-old father living in western Sydney.
But we reckon they got it wrong by 60 seconds, and that Isaac Mansell takes the crown as the country’s milestone baby.
Australia’s future: Baby Isaac and brother Hayden with proud parents Krystal Love and Mark Mansell.
Isaac was born at 9.58pm at Frankston Hospital to Krystal Love, 24, and Mark Mansell, 23.
Mr Mansell is a furniture removalist, Ms Love’s a stay-at-home mum and, along with Isaac and his four-year-old brother Hayden, they now call Frankston home.
The young family moved from Tasmania four months ago in search of better job opportunities and chose Frankston because of its affordability and access to public transport.
In 2011 there were 22,421 people living in the Mornington Peninsula Shire, including 6095 families. These were made up of 38.6 per cent couples with children, 17.9 per cent single parent families and 42.5 per cent couples without children.
In an attempt to ensure that all of its young citizens have a bright future — at least in the short term — the shire held a series of workshops late last year to look at developing a Plan Peninsula.
Feedback from the 15 sessions formed the basis of the shire’s submission to the state government’s Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement, a plan that will set the direction, extent and nature of development on the peninsula for the next 20-30 years. Maintaining the 70:30 rural-urban mix and protecting the coastline are major priorities.
But what does the future hold for baby Isaac? It’s impossible to predict, but we can imagine.
By 2050, 37-year-old Isaac will be living with his partner and child in a high-tech apartment on the outskirts of Frankston. They both work from home, him three days a week and her two. While the cost of living is high, it’s worth it because they get to spend more time with each other.
The days are hotter and the rainfall heavier than before. He drives a smaller, safer and more efficient car, but because parking is at a premium and public transport inadequate, bicycles are the preferred mode of transport.
Clothes, furniture, entertainment and fresh food grown in climate-controlled warehouses are delivered to the door with just one voice command.
Isaac’s seven-year-old son is already multi-lingual thanks to classmates from all over the world who sign in to international schooling each day for lessons on the home’s big screen.
There a fewer open spaces but their facilities are a 2050 child’s fantasy of virtual worlds and thrilling rides. Advances in medicine and technology means they are healthier and expected to live longer than their parents. And like generations before them, time is passing quickly.
But for Isaac’s parents, their hope for their sons is much simpler.
“Like all parents, we just hope our children will be happy and healthy,” Ms Love said.